Bad news for all American fans waiting to see “Child 44″. Lionsgate has announced that Child 44 will bow on April 17th, 2015. This thriller from Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) concerns a police officer in Stalinist Russia who becomes wrapped up in a missing children case where no one seems to be asking the right questions. Based on the British novel by Tom Rob Smith, the film’s got a loaded pedigree, including Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace (also starring with Hardy in the upcoming The Drop), Espinosa’s Snabba Cash star Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassel and a mini-Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reunion with Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke. Let’s see how this turns out for the international releases as IMDb lists the film for an October release in Sweden and a December release in France.
The Independent has a fantastic new interview with Noomi in its weekend edition. They talk about many of her upcoming projects, including “Child 44″, “Alive Alone”, “What Happened to Monday?” and also traveling the world, working with Tom Hardy and the ups and downs of moving constantly. A very interesting article. Find a preview belwo, the complete piece is here.
Noomi Rapace made her name starring in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels in the Millennium trilogy looking like she had just left a new-wave punk band – clad in a leather suit with her black hair combed forward over her left eye, and numerous ear and nose piercings. She was a new type of female hero, combining brains â€“ an ace computer hacker â€“ and brawn. Her gut-wrenching performance as Lisbeth Salander helped propel herself and the books into the international stratosphere. Itâ€™s this complete immersion in her role that explains why the 34-year-old actress looks so emaciated when we meet. At first I was taken aback by how different she is from when we last met, less than two years ago. The dark locks seen in Prometheus have been dyed blond. And her frame, which was then toned by doing an impressive amount of Bikram yoga â€“ an activity pivotal to her character in the Brian De Palma flop Passion â€“ has now dissipated. The weight loss is because she is currently shooting Alive Alone, in which she plays a heroin addict and prostitute who gets entwined in New York with a former detainee from Guantanamo Bay. So, no need to call in the medics then.
According to Rope of Silicon, Summit has released the first pictures from Child 44, the new film from Daniel Espinosa starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Paddy Considine, Fares Fares and Vincent Cassel. Scripted by Richard Price (“The Wire”, The Color of Money), the film is based on the first novel in author Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling trilogy, telling the story of a man (Hardy) fighting to reclaim his humanity from a system that requires him to sacrifice it in order to survive. There is no release date yet for the film, but it will be arriving Fall 2014.
The Playlist has sat down with Noomi in Marrakech for an amazing interview in which she dishes on all of her new projects – including “Child 44″ and “Animal Rescue” – and confirming “Alive Alone” and “What Happened to Monday”. Make sure to read the complete interview over at The Playlist.
On Child 44:
We did â€śAnimal Rescueâ€ť and I love working with him. We know each other … sometimes you meet someone and you feel like you can go anywhereâ€”step into different characters and time zones or a period film or contemporary or whateverâ€”we have a very intimate [relationship] and trust each other a lot. But we have a lot of fun even if it’s quite dark or heavy, we’re always laughing a lot and having a good time, so I love working with him and he’s such an incredible actor, I’ve been really lucky. And Gary Oldman is in it, who is one of my heroes, and Ridley Scott produced so he’s in the background and Daniel Espinosa who is from Chile but grew up in Sweden he is directing it. He did â€śSafe House,â€ť and â€śSnabba Cashâ€ť and he’s also a friend of mine. So it was a long shoot and quite a big epic movie in one way, but very much a character drama, also some kind of reverse love story between my character and Tom’s character: they’ve been married for eight years when the movie starts and it’s like a cold war between them.
On Animal Rescue:
I loved [his previous film] â€śBullhead.â€ť I saw it and was blown away and I called my team â€śI want to work with this guy!â€ť Then I read â€śAnimal Rescueâ€ť before he was even on board, and I was meeting with Fox Searchlight, we kept a dialogue going, and then when I heard Roskam was doing it, I wanted to do it. I think he’s very passionate, and intense and very well prepared, he knows what he wants and is very focused, very much an actorâ€™s director. There’s actually a scene that’s not in the script, I came to him and said I think we need this scene, between me and Matthias, that tells more about the two of them, that they have a history together that you never really saw. We did it, like four takes and when I met them in L.A., they said it’s one of the best scenes, so he’s very open. I definitely think we will work together again.
On Alive Alone:
It’s actually one of the most beautiful scripts I’ve read, it’s a fantastic love story. I would say if you take â€śTaxi Driverâ€ť and â€śLeaving Las Vegasâ€ť and throw them together … It’s an intense story between my character who is a heroin addict and prostitute in New York and Matthias Schoenaerts, he is playing the other lead. We worked together on â€śAnimal Rescueâ€ť and we really connected but we only had two scenes together. We felt straight away that we wanted to work together again, and he gave me the script and I read it and I thought it was amazing.
On What Happened to Monday:
Yeah I’m doing that, maybe it’s a big mistake! I will play seven twin sisters. I just came back from meeting with one of the producers in Paris and next week I’m in London to work with the director [Tommy Wirkola] on the script. It’s a Black List script, and was written for a man.
According to Deadline, Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine, Oceanâ€™s Twelve and Thirteen) has been tapped as a last-minute addition to Summitâ€™s now-filming Soviet thriller Child 44. The Cesar-winning thesp is replacing previously cast Philip Seymour Hoffman in the pic which has been filming since June under director Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Safe House). Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman also star in the tale of a military cop investigating a series of child murders in 1950s Stalinist Russia, adapted by Oscar-nominated Richard Price from Tom Rob Smithâ€™s bestseller. Child 44 is the first book in Smithâ€™s trilogy featuring protagonist Leo Stepanovich Demidov, played by Hardy in the pic. Ridley Scott is producing Child 44 for his Scott Free Productions with Michael Schaefer and Greg Shapiro. Pic is co-financed and exec produced by Worldview Entertainment, whose Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich are executive producing along with Douglas Urbanski. Lionsgateâ€™s Erik Feig and Jim Miller are overseeing for the studio.
Pictures from the Prague set of “Child 44″ have been released, so here’s your first chance to see Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in costume – although you need to look twice to recognize Noomi. All pictures can be found in the gallery. Thanks to my friend Lindsey for sending them in. Edit: The pictures have been replaced with HQs – with many thanks to Mari. Very appreciated :-)
According to Deadline, the strong cast that director Daniel Espinosa assembled for Child 44 just got better. Philip Seymour Hoffman is negotiating to join Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman in the film. The picture is being made by Summit Entertainment and co-financed and executive produced by Worldview Entertainment. An adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith bestseller, the Richard Price-scripted Child 44 focuses on a member of the Soviet military police who investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. His biggest impediment is a government that refuses to acknowledge a serial killer is in their midst. Ridley Scott is producing under his Scott Free Productions banner with Michael Schaefer and Greg Shapiro. Hoffman joins the film mid-swing, as principal photography began June 10th in Prague.